Garth Crooks believes that Leeds United may need to learn to park the bus at times this season against the elite opponents in the Premier League.
Despite giving the Yorkshire club huge credit for their style of play, BBC pundit Crooks has suggested that Whites manager Marcelo Bielsa considers a different approach in certain fixtures.
Leeds were beaten 3-0 away to Tottenham in the most recent games, plus before Christmas there was the 6-2 scoreline they were on the wrong end off away to Manchester United.
Their expansive play has seen them punished at certain times in the season by teams with real attacking quality, but it’s worth noting they’ve had an injury crisis at centre-back so far this campaign at Elland Road.
“Fair play to Leeds, they may be new to this league but they are not afraid to take risks, especially away from home. They are more than happy to mix it with the big boys. I don’t think they own a bus – but, if they do, they may have to start parking it occasionally!” Crooks told BBC Sport.
Bielsa is always going to come under the spotlight for his philosophy when Leeds lose heavily, as his game is centred around one-on-one battles all over the pitch and the risk is high of being caught out.
But his team have arguably been the division’s entertainers, scoring 30 goals in 17 league matches so far this season.
The Argentine boss is far too experienced to bring such a drastic change into his game and the team should stay well clear of the relegation zone playing the way they are right now.
It’s also worth noting they still have centre-backs Liam Cooper, Diego Llorente and Robin Koch all to return from injury at one stage to try reinforce the defence.